National Bike Week, which takes place annually, returns to Limerick this summer from Saturday, 11th June to Sunday, 19th June. Enjoy eight days on two wheels celebrating and promoting all that is great about cycling. There are a wide range of events taking place throughout Co. Limerick including;
· Schools Cycle Challenge: Monday 13th June – Friday 17th June
· Brothers of Charity Cycling Challenge: Monday 13th June – Friday 17th June
· Women on Wheels: Monday 13th June
· Company Cycling Challenge: Monday 13th June – Friday 17th June
· Men’s Nifty after Fifty Challenge: Tuesday 14th June
· Cycling Ireland Road Leaders Course: Wednesday 15th June
· Teens in the Wild: Wednesday 15th June
· Women on Wheels Tour de Burren Challenge: Saturday 18th June
All of the events are organised by local authorities, community initiatives and cycling groups from throughout Limerick.
Bike Week not only promotes the leisure and fun aspects of cycling as a family, with friends, to sightsee…it also highlights why it is important to choose cycling as a means to commute to work, to do the crèche or school run or to run errands. Cycling is environmentally friendly, as it cuts congestion and has zero emissions, and it is also much lower in cost than travelling by public transport or a car. If you spend as little as €1.20 daily on travel (bus fare, Luas fare or petrol) you can save €200 a year by switching to a bike!
Commuting by bike to work, college, school or just to go to the shops, is a much faster way to travel. SmarterTravel.ie estimates that approximately 400,000 people in Ireland travel 4 kilometres or less to work or school or college by car every day – distances that could easily be cycled. Cycling is the fastest mode of transport for journeys of 6 kilometres or less in urban areas; It is also a great solution to beating traffic congestion in our towns and cities imagine no more sitting in traffic jams!.
Cycling as an everyday pursuit is a healthy way to travel too and it has many physical benefits. Studies have shown that cycling is one of the most efficient ways to lose weight. And, cyclists who cycle regularly are seen to be on the same fitness level to those ten years younger. Also, three hours of cycling per week can reduce the risk of heart disease by 50%! There are also mental health benefits derived from cycling.
Bike Week is a fun-filled family event, as well as catering for cycling enthusiasts. There is quite literally something for all ages and ability, from free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city rides, school cycling races bikes festivals and much much more, Bike Week has something for everyone.
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